Q: When are the deadlines?
A: Early Deadline – Oct 22, 2019 / Final Deadline – Nov 28, 2019
Q: When are the announcement dates?
A: Semi-Finalists – Dec 17, 2019 / Grand Prize & Top 10 – Jan 2, 2020
Q: How do I enter?
A: Complete the form on the SUBMIT ENTRY page.
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: Paypal and all major credit cards.
Q: Can I mail a copy of my Screenplay, Submission Form and Payment?
A: No, we’re sorry. We only accept online submissions and payments at this time.
Q: Should I include my contact information on my title page?
A: Yes, but it does not affect judging either way if you forget to include it.
Q: Who will be reading my screenplay/judging the contest?
A: The final panel of judges will be comprised of members of the Los Angeles Film Community, including but not limited to producers, managers and established writers.
Q: Will you fly me to Park City, UT if I win?
A: The Feature/Pilot Grand Prize winner will receive coach airfare and accommodations resulting in a three-night stay. The Short Grand Prize winner will receive cash, which can be put toward airfare if they wish to attend, but TRMS will not book the flight for the short winner.
Q: When will the Table Read be scheduled for the Feature/Pilot Winner?
A: The Feature / Pilot showcase reading will be during the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020. If the final date as selected by TRMS does not work for the winner, TRMS will not provide any cash value matching for the non-accepted airfare and hotel, or movie ticket expenses turned down by the winner. We will be as flexible as possible, but the ultimate decision resides solely with TRMS.
Q: Can we pass the Sundance Film Festival tickets on to someone else?
A. No, the film tickets are forfeited if you decide not to attend the festival.
Q: Is this contest affiliated with the Sundance Film Festival?
A: TRMS is not affiliated with the Sundance Film Festival.
Q: How will I, as the Feature/Pilot Grand Prize Winner, participate in the Table Read?
A: You sit back, relax, and observe as a director works scenes from your winning screenplay with the actors in preparation for the showcase of your first 20 pages. We will also do a full table read of your script. There you can take a few notes of what’s working and what might need some tweaking. We encourage you to watch the process rather than reading off the script because you will get to listen again when you receive the recording.
Q: Does the Short Grand Prize winner receive a Table Read?
A: Yes, as a recording which will be posted on ISA’s Curious About Screenwriting Network.
Q: Do I maintain the rights to my screenplay?
A: Absolutely YES, you retain all the rights to your screenplay!
Q: Do I need to submit a Synopsis?
Q: Can I submit a screenplay under a pen name?
Q: Does my screenplay have to be registered?
A: No, but we do recommend registering your work with the WGA West, the Library of Congress Copyright office or other similar organization in your country. It’s really easy and a VERY smart thing to do.
Q: Do you accept Web Series?
A: Yes, Web Series falls under the TV Pilot category in this contest.
Q: Can TV Pilots win the GRAND PRIZE?
A. Yes, Features and Pilots run together.
Q: What’s the minimum/maximum required page length?
A: Feature: (70 – 120 pages), TV Pilots: (10 – 60 pages), Shorts: (1 – 40 pages)
Q: Does genre matter in my submission?
A: Yes, but only to determine what your goal is for your work. All genres are in competition with one another.
Q: What genres do you accept?
A: All genres are welcome except for documentary, erotica, reality TV and musicals. Only select genres are listed. When submitting, please choose the genre that BEST suits your screenplay!
Q: Can I submit my screenplay in multiple genres?
A: Yes, you can. Each time you submit in each genre, you will have to pay the entry fee.
Q: Can multiple scripts from one writer place in the Semi-Finalists / Top 100 list?
Q: If I make the Semi-Finalists what elements of the screenplay are taken into consideration during the judging?
A: We are looking for excellence in Originality, Plot, Structure, Pacing, Dialogue, strength of Characters, and Marketability.
Q: I don’t live in the United States; am I still eligible?
A: Yes, but all submissions must be in English.
Q: What if I live outside the United States? Will you still pay for my flight?
A: Yes, we will purchase an international flight for up to $1,000, domestic flight for up to $600 USD.
Q: If I choose not to fly or stay in your hotel, is there a cash equivalent?
A: No. If you decide not to utilize the flight or hotel, they are simply forfeited.
Q: Is an adaptation of a published novel (by somebody else) eligible?
A: You must have the legal rights to adapt the book to enter your screenplay.
Q: Can I make a change to a submission?
A: You may make a change to submission within 24 hours of the original submission ONLY.
Q: What stops you from taking my idea and developing it yourself?
A: Our panel of judges is comprised of respected industry professionals, and they have no intention of stealing your material. They’re actually hoping to find new talent to work with. If you make it to the Semi-Finalist round, your work will be seen by these professionals, which in turn, gets you one step closer to getting your screenplay produced. You can sit at home and protect your ideas all day long hoping for that one right person to come along, or you can get your work out there and show us what you’ve got!